Cancer Crescent Moon
—June 1

Astrologer Dane Rudhyar transcribed today’s energies nearly perfectly, however ‘out of context’ it may be—through the degree through which today’s moon connects to Jupiter by square, eerily succinctly: we are still involved in the results of an act which bright about a radical reorientation of one’s life…


The fourth degree of Cancer represents all the gestures involved in the hefty questions and weighty decisions which are being twisted and twirled throughout the connection between your head and your heart… and the answers need to embody the essence of realignment.

This degree also speaks of ‘playful interface between fantasy and reality’, as well as ‘probing to see how far one’s projected desires and fears extend into real life’, and ‘probing others to arrive at a new level of emotional understanding’… but most particularly, ‘tapping one’s primitive instincts’.


Instincts—one of those popular buzz words, these days, like ‘living one’s truth’, the misunderstood definition of what a hero actually is (by definition—contrary to popular media, not doctors or nurses, etc: the healthcare illusion), or a genius, or the term ‘traumatized’ (everyone seems to be these days, which seems excessively inaccurate, or desperately dramatic)—instincts are often actually impulses, egoically validated.

But instincts and egoic impulses are not the same thing… at all.

Perhaps the realignment, then, is necessary toward the dynamics between these two definitions—between these differences… though, it’s highly likely that you’ll take to these terms, today, on a more emotional level—through which you’ll be more inclined to defend, particularly defending toward that which is… possessing less than, say—instincts, hahaha.

One could argue—the energies today are influencing a load of rationalization… “the mind is very clever at not facing the consequences—which follow from desires or even from restlessness… [and so] hesitancy and conflicting motives are still inevitable.”

The key to today’s conflicting energies—trying to actually understand the rationalizations, to actually understand the discrepancies, to actually understand the definitions… to actually understand the differences—it could be fundamental for new beginnings.

Instinct is a marvelous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored.❞
——Agatha Christie

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Goldsmith, M. “The Zodiac by Degrees.” Weiser Books; ©2004.
Hill, L. “360 Degrees of Wisdom.” A Plume Book; ©2004.
Rudhyar, D. “An Astrological Mandala.” Vintage Books; ©1973.


Gemini Crescent Moon
—May 31

It’s that Gemini crescent moon again…

Think back to the beginning of May, and to the beginning of April—the recent Gemini crescent moons—and how your perceptions of things, of others, and of yourself have likely been altered, and maybe entirely changed altogether…

But then again—tis the season on that note, yeah!?

Today’s moon and its various aspecting connects through a single degree, interestingly—a degree that associates itself with the ‘inevitability of change’.

Change is definitely in the air… though, it may also, simultaneously, feel as though it’s occurring somewhat slowly…

In this surreal and time-altered sense of timelessness—this is the time to strategize, to plan, to prepare, and to pretest potentials… and it’s a time to bring to light certain emotions that may have been laying in their own wait.

Change, perhaps, then, is just beginning…

Take today as a precious pause—a pause to prepare yourself—to prepare yourself for who you are becoming… may you be falling in love with who you are becoming.

Lord, how the day passes! It is like a life, so quickly when we don’t watch it, and so slowly if we do.
——John Steinbeck

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Gemini New Moon at 9°03′
—May 30

Shamanic astrologer Raven Kaldera states that on the new moon in Gemini, “we indulge our curiosity…”

There is definitely a high probability of ‘plunging into situations without considering the ramifications; becoming conscious of what’s [really] happening; shakeups; and things getting completely out of control…’ as these are the inherent energies of this moon, as well as the energies inherent within the degree of Gemini this lunarly event occurs.

Are things really going the way they should?

Are risky potentials on offer within your reality?

How do you navigate risk?—how do you navigate extremes?

Although these energies can feel quite exciting—a firm balancing of equilibriating extremes is likely necessary now…

On this note—it may be somewhat inherently impossible to balance, well… anything.

To begin… (I’ll offer you three avenues of theory to complicate the equilibrium of simple divisions of two, just to be mercurial lol)

These energies, inherently, are diametrically perpendicular to one another (the moon needing emotionality; Geminian energies seemingly repelling emotionality)… to feel (moon) and to think (Gemini) looks very much like rationalization, and as Kaldera shares, “Gemini is ruled by the trickster Mercury, not exactly a steady emotional barometer; one of the hallmarks of Gemini [especially by the moon] is that [there is] often an out of touchness of feelings entirely for long periods of time.”

Astrologer Austin Coppock expresses that, through this first decan of Gemini, to be found or offered, is a “tremendous curiosity and intelligence—within it lies the power to discover the multiplicity within all unities, the complexities in apparent simplicities… it provides clever methods and opens numerous pathways—yet this very profusion de-centers and sometimes paralyzes…”

You simply may not have the luxury of balance now… nor a rational ability to make reasonable decisions or behave accordingly, or to make thoroughly informed strategies; you may not have the head for any of it now, much less the appropriate words to describe or explain any of it.

The emotionality of this energy, then, may be found, or available, through inherently knowing—even without the words to define or explain—if that makes any sense…

Should you find yourself within these bewildering parameters of dynamic extremes—and needing to know what to do or decide—try remembering who you are in your core.

Maybe, just maybe, it isn’t so much about indulging our curiosities on this particular new moon—but rather, our curiosities being piqued?

I continue to get the ‘rationalization’ that there is much occurring in terms of either being pulled or plunged into both spaces and places beyond comfortability…


The 8 of Swords in the tarot represents the first decan of Gemini, and this is a card that symbolizes the element of air, yet notoriously represents being bound.

In what ways are you perhaps limiting yourself?—or being limited—either currently, or typically, as in habitually, or reactively?

The 8 of Swords suggests you may be feeling trapped by your circumstances or stuck in a routinely rut, oppressed in some way, controlled, or isolated—particularly, I would imagine, emotionally… or maybe simply ‘tied up’ with too many obligations, decisions, or expectations.

Or, more happily—though definitely more symbolically—these energies may represent something of an initiation for you, as in the beginning of a new way of living, or a new way of seeing things, or a new way of feeling about something… an awakening.

Affectionately, tarot writer Jessica Dore suggests that the 8 of Swords is about choices—and that we always have them… Dore suggests that we create entirely our reality—specifically, in protections thereof, around our personal or familial or religious or moral beliefs about our reality… “we unconsciously build our whole lives and behavioral lexicons around avoiding anything that might brush up against these thorny core beliefs—for example, a person who carries a belief that they’re unlovable might create a rule to avoid intimacy in order to avoid having to feel the prick of unlovability; that rule might manifest as an unconscious gravitation toward unavailable partners, abstaining from dating altogether, or even social isolation… before we’re even aware of these thorns, many of us will do anything to avoid being pricked by them—even when it makes life small.”

Dore continues, “rigid adherence to these rules is called experiential avoidance, which is exactly what it sounds like—avoiding certain experiences, sometimes internal and sometimes external, all in an effort to protect ourselves from thinking, feeling, or experiencing anything that we believe we cannot handle.”

Perhaps your reality is currently being shaken up in an effort to initiate a new awareness—to experience your own life being lived?

The true thrill of simply being alive and presently experiencing it… Just the innate and inherent knowingness of being alive.

And finally…

Mars and Jupiter meet in conjunction today through a degree that associates itself to polarization, and the directly aggressive consciousness thereof…

Astrologer Dane Rudhyar transcribed this degree as if to suggest that these energies are “needed for fulfilling one’s life function…”

Further, Rudhyar states that “in order to respond fully to the potentialities released by a sense of identification with a greater Whole, the human being should be himself whole—an interplay of bipolar energies is needed to provide a sustained and dynamic ‘resonance’ to any superior and encompassing form of life; this may imply a temporary withdrawal from routine activity, i.e. a ‘secluded’ process—it is not, however, a closed process… the positive and negative polarities do not meet in a closed circuit, reconstituting a neutral state of potentiality—they operate in dynamic, open, unresolved togetherness in contact with the surrounding energies of nature…”

So, perhaps the more aggressively focused energies of the Mars/Jupiter conjunction in Aries are suggesting a courageously bold conquest… toward quietude, toward the glimpsing of true intimacy, toward solidity, toward something new beyond what’s unfamiliar or uncomfortable—coming back around to what’s already within, though upon a higher plane of consciousness thereof.


Today’s new moon in Gemini is asking you to follow your curiosities about yourself—and the inner, deeper you—through all of your mentally or emotionally binding parameters… and though you might not be able to do something like this on your own—you will need, however, to be curiously present, and emotionally available. And may the (imagined) binding unravel, the spiky thorns soften, and may the blinders come off completely to offer clarity, consciousness, and comfort.

Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch.❞
——James Baldwin

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Butler, R. “The Archetypal Universe.” CreateSpace; ©2018.
Coppock, A. “36 Faces.” Three Hands Press; ©2014.
Dore, J. “Tarot for Change.” Penguin Life; ©2021.
Goldsmith, M. “The Zodiac by Degrees.” Weiser Books; ©2004.
Hill, L. “360 Degrees of Wisdom.” A Plume Book; ©2004.
Kaldera, R. “Moon Phase Astrology.” Destiny Books; ©2011.
Kaldera, R. “Myth Astrology.” Llewellyn Publications; ©2004.
Rudhyar, D. “An Astrological Mandala.” Vintage Books; ©1973.


Taurus/Gemini Balsamic Moon
—May 29

We’re looking more honestly, now, at that which we need to learn or know more about…

Because we’re talking about lunarly energies—even within its balsamic phase—we’re needing to learn something from someone else, in the same room, presently and in connectedness.

Or, perhaps you’re needing to adjust your perspective in an effort to better learn something—something about someone else, or something beyond yourself… maybe it’s your perspective that’s blocking, or creating an obstacle toward, whatever it is you’re not (feeling that you’re) understanding.

Giving form to this potentially ‘new vision or vibration’, however, could emerge through its own set of obstacles, or could otherwise be rewarded only after frustration… or otherwise ‘explosive’ consequences.

Ultimately, the lesson needing learned could simply and essentially be motivated by a very deeply underlying need or vulnerability—to be loved, to be nurtured, to be seen, to be understood… though, today, you’ll either need to learn that you’re loved, nurtured, seen, or understood through another’s affectations—through whatever activity or ‘lesson’ is appropriate.

Further, any potential frustrations could be deduced to, through the need to communicate, the ‘demanding [of] social acknowledgement’ through feeling marginalized or ostracized… or should you be entertaining a more ‘clear, unemotional perspective on life’, in other words—you’re not honestly acknowledging your own feelings, and thereby projecting these denials onto others, which will likely backfire.

Further still, yesterday’s energies focused upon the highlighting of value, as well as the core source of what lies within our actions and motivations… (and whatever it is one begins to project onto others is typically something that one is struggling to understand within oneself)

Today, these values could become somewhat exemplified.

Maybe challenged.

Nevertheless, there should be a real opportunity for connection—and, more specifically, reconnection—should you choose to take it.

Today is a day, especially through whatever lesson or understanding you’re seeking or needing to learn, to ‘honor and celebrate the divine as it manifests in everyday things’, to acknowledge ‘rituals that work because the right spirit has gone into them’, and perhaps most intentionally, to observe and learn and respond to ‘the joy of giving as the real reward of getting’…

But sometimes we miss the point.

Last year was the year I lost my patience with people who deal with life like it is not precious.❞


☽♊︎ by 10:23am PDT; 11:23am MDT; 12:23pm CDT; 1:23pm EDT

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Goldsmith, M. “The Zodiac by Degrees.” Weiser Books; ©2004.
Hill, L. “360 Degrees of Wisdom.” A Plume Book; ©2004.
Kaldera, R. “Moon Phase Astrology.” Destiny Books; ©2011.
Rudhyar, D. “An Astrological Mandala.” Vintage Books; ©1973.


For those of you who have recently signed up for daily forecasts—hi, I’m Jamie—you can call me James…

Helping you navigate your lives more energy-efficiently is my joy—and astrology is my tool.

I’m not the hippie dippie woo woo astrologer using crystals or fortunes, and you’re not going to see me in some sixties-era flower child dress imagery surrounded with butterflies in a meadow, so serene, spouting nonsensical astro-babble from which no one can make sense… my style is simple—and often blunt.

I tell you the alignments, I explain these influences, and I give you personalized suggestions as to how you can use these in your favor.

Simple. To the point. Energy, translated—into information you can actually use.

Astro-babble isn’t information—it’s personalized solipsistic validation for ego-driven behaviors and unhealthy patterning (I’m an Aries, so I’m naturally really bossy) [ugh]… you can live your life through your ego weaknesses—or you can love your life through your soul strengths. Your choice, always.

For example, a surfer feels out and chooses the time of day to catch the best waves… the tide comes in and out each day—along with the earth’s natural influences and the moon’s obvious gravitational pull, the surfer uses this knowledge to catch the best waves at the best time. Sure, the surfer may not ‘believe’ in astrology, but the surfer uses it every time…

Celestial influences from all the planets are resonating at all times… I can help you pick and choose the right ‘waves’ to catch in your life.

Without the astro-babble.

If you’re frustrated in your reality—apologies, but you’re probably not using the current energies appropriately… why struggle?—give me a call.

Thank you for reading, following, loving, and sharing—it is much appreciated—and, of course, word of mouth and scheduling a reading are the best compliments.

Millionaires don’t use astrology. Billionaires do.❞
——JP Morgan


Taurus Balsamic Moon
—May 28

The moon is now governed by Venus, and Venus is now quite comfortably co-present in Taurus, as well.

Ahhhhh… things may even begin to feel a bit calming…

However, today’s moon connects to Uranus, also in Taurus, by conjunction through a degree that Uranus hasn’t moved through since June and July of 1938—a degree that associates itself with arguments and conflicts…

And with Uranus—one never knows.

Further, “there is a struggle between practical needs and the underlying reasons for having those needs…”

Further still, “it can be that one has been so caught up in what they are trying to achieve that they have probably lost sight of why… the endeavor to bring enlightenment to others often meets with resistance, particularly when this enlightenment will disrupt the usual process of things.”

If you are trying to get something going, or forcing something to move, or act, or be finished, or if you’re behind something larger than yourself—have you recently asked yourself why?

Should you have even an inkling of confusion within yourself—this is a sign to you that something needs reconsidered.

Essentially, today may offer an opportunity for you to ‘develop confidence in your own viewpoint; fight for the truth in any situation; and establish a fight to secure the future…’

What is the value in what you’re trying to accomplish?

Are the ways in which you’re nurturing these values appropriate?—are they worthy?—are they working?

The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.
——Karl Marx

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Goldsmith, M. “The Zodiac by Degrees.” Weiser Books; ©2004.
Hill, L. “360 Degrees of Wisdom.” A Plume Book; ©2004.
Kaldera, R. “Moon Phase Astrology.” Destiny Books; ©2011.


Taurus Balsamic Moon
—May 27

Honestly—perhaps all this talk of pause?—maybe the planets took note…

There’s not much to speak of in terms of celestial traffic for today, however the moon moves from aggressively eager Aries energy to a more somber and calming Taurean vibe…

Take a breather. Take a breath. Take a pause… try to take a rest.

To learn to see—to accustom the eye to calmness, to patience, and to allow things to come up to it; to defer judgment, and to acquire the habit of approaching and grasping an individual case from all sides. This is the first preparatory schooling of intellectuality. One must not respond immediately to a stimulus; one must acquire a command of the obstructing and isolating instincts.❞
——Friedrich Nietzsche

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Aries Balsamic Moon
—May 26

Whatever your circumstances—since the beginning of the month, you’ve likely changed your perspective toward something significant to you…

Changed your perspective—significantly.

Today’s Mars-ruled moon is even more boldly Martian as Mars is now co-present in Aries, suggesting an even more emotionally charged reaction toward selfhood, self-motivation, and self-needs… and this could be navigated carefully—or quite poorly.

As a new awareness of perspective in consciousness is developing, something is very clearly ending…

And you might even be feeling a little defensive or possessive, fussy, or angry about it—try to breathe through this, and feel through all of your feelings about it with yourself before loudly imploding over it unnecessarily, or aggressively ‘handling’ anything beyond yourself.

One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.❞
——Tim Burton

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Aries Balsamic Moon
—May 25

Do you ever have one of those days when everything seems to just fall in your favor?—and everyone seems to be effortlessly collaborative in this favor?—and all of the troubles or frustrations or doubts seem to simply melt away…?

Today could feel a little like that. Or it could feel like the exact opposite of that.

There simply are no words really…


Maybe today will offer you a bone of some sort—an insight or an actual offer, or a clue, or provide some direction otherwise…

Maybe today you’ll figure something out that you’ve been chewing on for awhile now…

Maybe today you’ll trust yourself about something you’ve been nagging off for too long.

Whatever sparkle of optimism or brilliance of spirit you receive today, or raw and confrontational pang of awareness—or should you find the words divine to describe—know that today has the opportunity for you to align yourself with the alignment of the clockworks…

Should you choose to do so, know that you are opening yourself to something.

It could be kind of a big deal, just sayin…

Let me say no more. Words do no justice to the hidden meaning. Everything immediately becomes slightly different when it is expressed in words, a little bit distorted, a little foolish… it is perfectly fine with me that what for one man is precious wisdom for another sounds like foolery.
——Hermann Hesse

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Venus through 23° Aries-0° Taurus; Part 4/5
—May 22nd-28th

Last week’s Venusian message was centered around warning—particularly toward potentiality, and what astrologer Dane Rudhyar transcribed as an obsession for the mind in which it “finds itself confronted with a totally unfamiliar and as yet inexperienced type of potency [for which it] finds difficult at first to adjust to, for its new world of perception and possibilities of action…”

These current celestial learning curves are simply really something this year, not to mention this current Venusian thumbhold between Saturn and Pluto.

Continued, “one may rush ahead excitedly and lose his bearings—one should try to reach a state of calm watchfulness, and to learn that at this level too there are limits and restrictions, i.e. laws expressing this new type of order…”

Which is to say—with such potentiality abound, specifically regarding your personal desires—you may want to take pause to first regard your new boundaries for and toward such desires, particularly within such new environments.

There’s an old saying that reminds us that ‘a full cup must be carried steadily…’

Throughout the process of setting personal boundaries, as well as once these are set, it will be imperative that you devote your heart in an alignment with your inner voice, and I cannot stress this enough to you, dear reader… this will assure that you are ‘so attuned to the truth of a situation that you know exactly what is needed; identifying the pivotal power-point in a chaotic situation; seeing your destiny in the larger pattern of events; seizing opportunity; and participating in the higher harmony…’

And perhaps most critically—this personal participation, should you choose to participate, of course, will support your personal integrity (which is what typically attracts to you what you’re attracted to).

Then, at the end of the week, Venus moves into Taurus…

But not before truly realizing, most fully, these newly laid (and hopefully natural-to-you) boundaries.

Rudhyar speaks of how it is imperative that one possess a sense of “peace and inner contentment with one’s essential destiny… to meet the everyday world… but it is there [within the everyday world] that the substance for concrete action has to be found, and every effective activity has to be focused; thus the boundaries imposed by the very nature of this activity have to be consciously accepted.”

Again—like reflects like; like attracts like.

And this, too, is inherently Venus in Aries—to meet the everyday world charging forward, advancing toward the prize.

However, this personal power potency must be focalized and substantiated, this is the trick… and this will likely take much of your time and energy this week—figuring out a magician’s slight of hand.

Indeed, the only truly serious questions are ones that even a child can formulate. Only the most naive of questions are truly serious. They are the questions with no answers. A question with no answer is a barrier that cannot be breached. In other words, it is questions with no answers that set the limit of human possibilities, describe the boundaries of human existence.❞
——Milan Kundera

Goldsmith, M. “The Zodiac by Degrees.” Weiser Books; ©2004.
Hill, L. “360 Degrees of Wisdom.” A Plume Book; ©2004.
Rudhyar, D. “An Astrological Mandala.” Vintage Books; ©1973.

I will get into Venus moving into Taurus in the next/fifth and final Venusian Ventures post next week… and, just a friendly reminder—after the upcoming fifth and final Venus Ventures post I will be moving on to Mars Movements, as Mars will be moving into Aries and thereby speeding much up in terms of motivations and our instinct to make things happen, as well as all sustaining actions…

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